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CBS Releases TV Ratings For The Chiefs-Patriots Game

tom brady hands the ball off at the afc championship game

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 20: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots hands the ball off to Sony Michel #26 in the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Last night's Chiefs-Patriots AFC Championship Game got a lot of people excited, particularly in Massachusetts. But the executives at CBS, the broadcaster of the game, are likely jumping for joy as well at the new ratings.

According to CBS Sports PR on Twitter, the ratings from last night's game are in and they are very promising.

Per the report, the game earned a 31.2 rating and a 48 share, which was 26-percent higher than last year's AFC title game.

CBS also noted that the game was the highest-rated program on television since Super Bowl LII.

It was an exciting game to be sure.

After the Patriots opened the game with a 14-0 lead, the Chiefs answered with 21 points in a fourth quarter that saw three lead changes before they tied it and sent the game to overtime.

In overtime, the Patriots marched down the field and scored a touchdown without even letting the Chiefs touch the ball.

It was the first overtime AFC Championship Game since John Elway led the Broncos on The Drive in the title game against the Cleveland Browns in 1986.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will likely be very pleased by the ratings as well, as it shows that the league has fully recovered after several years of generally down ratings.